Creative ways to Cook Liver
Or How to Make Children Enjoy Liver
Rule One : Never tell children it's liver!
My kids ate liver for years without ever knowing, I would just disguise a liver dish and call it another name. I don't know why children take a dislike to it without ever trying a mouthful, surely we've been eating liver for a million years?
Over the years I developed numerous ways of cooking liver so that the end product in no way resembled the raw beginning. Here are some of my successful recipes.
I call them Creative Liver Cook-ups.
A name for your creative liver cook-up
Use another language
Let's face it. The word liver doesn't inspire much confidence. French, for some reason, adds a touch of glamour to any recipe and you can use the word foie instead.
But why stick with French? What about Leberrezept Zest? Does that sound tastier than Fegato Surprise?
Or go for a combination of Superhero or Barbie names. Along the lines of Aurora's Afternoon Tea, Captain Marvel Mash, whatever your child's favourite character happens to be.
Liver and Apple Juice
An incredible disguise!
- Chop up a couple of carrots
- Slice the liver up into flat pieces. You can slice it into strips if you like.
- Quickly brown the pieces in a little butter.
- Stir up the juices left in the pan in a little water. Put the slices back in the pan.
- Cover with apple juice
- Add the carrots
- Turn the pan down low and simmer for 20 minutes or so. Add more apple juice when necessary.
Serve with mashed potatoes.
I make this for adults too. It goes down really well when I use a crisp chardonnay instead of apple juice. For serving to friends, use 2 cups of white wine, chicken stock for extra liquid and some sliced onions in the pan.
Liver and Tomatoes
Serve with fresh basil or flat leaf parsely
Liver with Orange
They'll never ever know!
2 cups chicken stock
2 tsp spoons dark soft brown sugar
flour for coating the sliced liver
2 oranges, peeled, pips removed and sliced into rings
juice of an orange.
- Toss onions in a pan until golden.
- Coat the liver slices in seasoned flour.
- Add to the pan, brown gently and gradually stir in the chicken stock.
- Add the sugar and bring just to the boil, stirring constantly.
- Lower the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes or so.
- Add the orange rings and orange juice for the last 5 minutes.
Creamy Tagliatelle - Does it look like Liver?
Disguise reigns supreme when it comes to liver.
Pork Liver Pate
Invite Dora to Dinner - Serve up on a Dora dish
Dora the Explorer has exciting things for dinner!
My granddaughter is keen on Dora the Explorer - this dinner set brings Dora to the table
Call your creative liver cook-up Dora's Delight or even Dora's Delectables. What about Dora's Dreamy Dinner?
Sit down with Superman for Supper
Your son prefers Superman? No worries.
Serve your Creative Liver Cook-up with the style of a Superhero
He'll be superbly strong himself after a meal of kryptonite-smashing superfood
What's Cooking in My Kitchen?
I'm happy to spend time in my kitchen. I have good appliances, a trusty gas cooker, sharp knives and lots of light. I keep my pantry stocked with the basics...
How about you?
How do you cook liver?
Hope these quick recipes give you an idea of the many things you can do with liver
© 2009 Susanna Duffy